Lady Tigers travel across town to face Belmont
Friday, January 18, 2013
Lady Tigers travel across town to face Belmont


The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 with a cross-town match-up against the OVC's newest member Belmont. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.  The contest will also be the Think Pink game. 

Tennessee State (6-9, 2-2 OVC) is coming off a , 68-58, home win over Southeast Missouri on Monday. TSU took the lead early the first half and never relinquished the advantage. Kesi Hess paced the Lady Tigers with 18 points while Simone Hopes added 14. TSU is currently in fourth place in the East standings.

Tennessee State's three top leading scorers are Kesi Hess (9.8 ppg), Jasmin Shuler (10.1 ppg), and Simone Hopes (9.2 ppg). Hopes also leads the Lady Tigers in rebounding with 6.7 boards per outing.

As a team, TSU is averaging 58.9 points per contest while shooting 36.3 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 68.3 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 17.7 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 35.7 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 9.9 steals per game. The Lady Tigers are under first year head coach Larry Joe Inman.

Tennessee State outscored Southeast Missouri, 40-16, in the paint and forced the Redhawks to 24 turnovers. Kesi Hess (18) and Simone Hopes (14) led TSU in scoring while Chelsea Hudson added nine points and six rebounds off the bench. The Lady Tigers made 20-of-28 free-throws in the contest.  The Lady Tigers only committed 15 turnovers and shot nearly 40 percent from the floor.

Belmont is off to a good start in conference play as the Bruins picked up wins over UT Martin and Murray State recently.

The victory over Murray State, improved the Bruins' to 10-8 overall and extended their win streak to three games. BU is currently 5-1 in the league and sits in first place in the East standings.

Katie Brooks leads the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game while Jordan Coleman follows with 9.7 ppg. Coleman is also the team's leading rebounder with 10.0 caroms per contest.

As a team, BU averages 60.3 points per game behind a 40.0 field goal percentage. The Bruins shoot 30.2 percent from the three-point line and 72.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Belmont registers 35.2 rebounds, 14.4 assists, 5.1 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.

Tennessee State and Belmont will meet for the 30th time in the series history. BU holds a 22-7 series advantage. The Bruins claimed the last meeting, 80-66, in the Curb Event Center two  seasons ago.

Live video of TSU vs. Belmont will be available on

The Lady Tigers will return to the Gentry Center to host Jacksonville State on Jan. 23 before hitting the road to face Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky.